Willcox

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Willcox is a small town in Cochise County, Southeast Arizona, and a convenient gateway to Chiricahua National Monument and other scenic sights in the region.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

  • By car. Willcox is approximately half way between Tucson and the New Mexico state line, on I-10 (Interstate 10). If you're driving to town on I-10, be aware that the road is one of the United States' major east-west commercial arteries, and is full of truck traffic, much of it traveling at speeds well beyond the posted 75 mph.
  •    Greyhound100 S Arizona St (in front of the Oasis Arcade), toll-free: +1 800-231-2222. As this just a pick-up and drop-off point, tickets should be purchased beforehand online or over the phone.

Get around[edit]

The historic core of Willcox is easily explored on foot. To see things further afield, a car is necessary.

See[edit]

Rex Allen shrine at the Historic Palace Saloon
Rex Allen Museum
The former Willcox Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, now City Hall
  •    Chiricahua Regional Museum and Research Center127 E Maley St +1 520-384-3971. M-S 10am-4pm. A small museum with displays focusing on local history. $2.
  • Vineyards. Various, some by appt. Many Arizona wines are produced from grapes from this region. Willcox makes a good base to explore local vineyards, many of which have opened tasting rooms here.
  •    Willcox Southern Pacific Railroad Depot155 S Railroad Ave. Built in 1881, this is the only surviving depot from the southern transcontinental railroad. The building has been fully restored, and now houses Willcox City Hall. There is an interpretive railroad display in the lobby. Free.
  •    Willcox Pioneer CemeteryN 3rd Ave (dirt road heading north from E Steward St). An atmospheric abandoned pioneer cemetery. Warren Baxter Earp, the youngest of the Earp brothers of Tombstone, is buried here. Watch out for fire ants and rattlesnakes.

Do[edit]

Apple Annie's Orchards
  •    Apple Annie's Orchards2081 W Hardy Rd +1 520-384-2084. Daily 8am-5pm. Pick your own apples, peaches, and other produce. In October they host a popular pumpkin festival. The orchards close for the season at the end of October.
  • Rex Allen Days. A festival celebrating the life of the singer Rex Allen and featuring such events as parades, concerts, and a rodeo. Held annually in October.

Buy[edit]

  •    Willcox Commercial Store180 N Railroad Ave (near the Rex Allen Museum),  +1 520-384-2448, e-mail: . Established in 1881, this is the oldest store still operating in Arizona. Geronimo is said to have shopped for necessities here. Today the shop sells western-style clothing.
  •    Apple Annie's Country Store1510 N Circle I Rd. M-F 8am-5:30pm, S-Su 8am-4pm. Operated by Apple Annie's Orchard (see listing above), this recently-opened shop sells seasonal produce, pies and baked goods, and jams, syrups, and salsas.

Eat[edit]

Restaurants[edit]

There aren't many restaurants in Willcox besides fast food chains. The best are listed below.

  •    Big Tex BBQ130 E Maley St +1 520-384-4423. Housed in an old railroad car, the food is basic but decent.
  •    Plaza Restaurant1190 W Rex Allen Dr (next to Quality Inn),  +1 520-384-3819. Mexican and American fare, popular with the locals.
  •    Rodney's Barbeque118 N Railroad Ave +1 520-507-1516. Home cooking in a hole-in-the wall. Picnic tables are in the back, or you can order your meal to go and eat it across the street in the park.
  •    Salsa Fiesta1201 W Rex Allen Dr +1 520-384-4233. Many different varieties of salsa to spice up the great food!

Grocery stores[edit]

Drink[edit]

  •    Historic Palace Saloon116 S Railroad Ave (near the Rex Allen Museum),  +1 520-384-4712.

Sleep[edit]

  •    Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat and Bed and Breakfast7101 E White Pacheco St, Dos Cabezas (Hwy 186, 14 miles SE of Willcox),  +1 520-384-6474. Check-in: 2pm, check-out: 10am. Comfy historic, adobe guest house bed and breakfast in the ghost town village of Dos Cabezas, just twenty minutes to the Chiricahua Mountains. Great for birding, hiking, meditation. Enjoy complete privacy as the bed and breakfast hosts only one party at a time, up to 5 people. $139 for two.

Cope[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site is an oddity in the United States National Parks system, in that you must hike cross-country to get to it rather than just driving. The parking area is reachable via the Apache Pass road southeast of Willcox. The ruins of an old fort are about a three-mile (round trip) hike from the parking area (bring plenty of water).
Routes through Willcox
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